Dates set for closing out the 2018 Great Lakes/Seaway navigation season

The following closing dates have been set for the Great Lakes/Seaway system. Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below may change.

Closing dates and late season news:

Montreal-Lake Ontario Section

  • Operational surcharges will be waived on December 21, 22, 23 and 24.
  • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made with the St. Lambert office.
  • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section at 12:00 hours on December 31, 2018.

Welland Canal

  • Any transits of the Welland Canal after 23:59 hours, December 26, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made with the St. Catharines office.
  • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Welland Canal at 12:00 hours on December 31, 2018.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal (United States)

Closing of the Sault Ste. Marie Locks is currently scheduled for January 15, 2019. Please note the Notice to Navigation Interests released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further information.

To view the Seaway notice in full, click here.

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